FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
I feel that the DRM that is put into software must be described on the box similar to a Cigarette warning label. If the DRM limits how many times you can install it, such as the one Electronic Arts uses, it must be clearly and visibly stated, in a box of similar size to the ESRB rating box. Also, all DRM installed by software should be able to be COMPLETELY removed from your hardware. It can render the original software inoperable if removed, but there must be some way to remove this. Some recent DRMs such as SecuROM leaves files behind upon installation that can leave your computer open to outside exploitation of your hardware because of how the files work. I personally don't think that limiting the amount of times you can install the software should be legal, or limiting it to one piece of hardware that you own should be legal. Image if you bought a movie you really liked on DVD and had to buy a copy for each DVD player you owned if you wanted to watch it in different rooms of your house, or if you bought a new DVD player all of your DVDs had to be replaced. This is what computer software is moving towards. This only hurts the people who actually pay for the products, no DRM has successfully stopped software piracy and as a consumer who actually buys their software, it is getting more and more expensive and inconvenient to stay legal. Thank you for your time.